The 11.6-inch netbook/CULV segment continues to look to be the next area of growth in budget ultraportables, as display panel manufacturer Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) are tipped to have secured orders with both Dell and Samsung. The company has been demonstrating the 11.6-inch panel along with a 13.3-inch version intended for CULV machines at the Display Taiwan 2009 expo.
Listen hard, and you can hear T-Mobile USA's exasperated groans all the way from Bellevue. Some sly tipster has slipped Engadget the carrier's roadmap for the remainder of 2009, and there are some juicy details in there for anybody awaiting the T-Mobile myTouch 3G (aka HTC Magic), a 3G-enabled netbook, or the HTC Touch Pro2.
It might not quite match the 128GB SSD upgrade we saw performed on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 back in April, but Active Media Products' SSD upgrade kit for the netbook is a whole lot more affordable. Promising either 16GB or 32GB of capacity running at twice the speed of the Mini 9's standard storage, they promise to be a straightforward swap.
Dell have announced a new range of netbooks, the Latitude 2100 series, intended for the educational market. Based around Intel's Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, the Dell Latitude 2100 comes with rubberized casings and gigabit ethernet, and can be specified with an antimicrobial keyboard, SSD, touchscreen, carry-handles and shoulder straps.
Video demo after the cut
Dell's next-generation netbook, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10v, has appeared in the company's May 2009 catalog [pdf link; last page] and, as the leaked roadmap suggested would be the case, it brings a change of CPU and new price. The Dell Mini 10v now has Intel's Atom N270 1.6GHz processor, rather than the Atom Z-series chips in the Mini 10, and starts at $299. That's a full $100 less than the existing entry-level Mini 10.
New SSD options for the Dell netbooks after the cut
It looks like Bsquare, a mobile software developer, has spoken a bit too openly about their release plans. Apparently, they'll be porting Adobe Flash Lite to Dell netbooks. However, where they might have said too much is when they noted these Dell netbooks would be running on Android.